The East at Forest Akers Golf Course

3.9264705882 3.9 stars from 5 (80)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6452 yards
  • Slope: 118
  • Rating: 70.4
  • Layout

  • Harrison Rd - Michigan State Univ, East Lansing, Michigan 48823, Ingham County
  • (517) 355-1635
  • (517) 432-2407
  • www.golf.msu.edu

Year built: 1968
Architect(s): Bruce Matthews, Arthur Hills (1997)
Type: Public
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bent Grass
Golf Season: Open: 3/15 Closed: 12/01

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6452 yards 70.4 118
Green 72 6189 yards 69.2 114
White 72 5595 yards 66.8 110
White (W) 72 5595 yards 71.9 118
Red (W) 72 4680 yards 66.5 109

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 80 Reviews
5 stars:
26
4 stars:
35
3 stars:
13
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

70 out of 80 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is on a college campus convenient to the city   Great for locals advanced golfers beginners   Challenges include bunkers  

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Reviews


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"Perfect course for an enjoyable round"


raklovits's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2018
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Reviewed on

Great condition! Varied hole designs. Moderate length. Trouble on fairways & greens, but not overly penal.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



Tucker133's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2018
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Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Midweek round"


sosorry's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2018
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Foursome on a beautiful day. Mid morning tee time, not a lot of traffic on course resulting in a round little under 4.5 hours. Except for a couple of wet spots it was in good condition. Need to clean up mud pit just beyond short tee box on #3.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Not worth more than 20$"


Shmitty8's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
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Course has been “under repair” for a few years now, parts of the fairway are roped off. The rough has lots of mud and patchy grass. Not to mention the amount of players they push out, you will be waiting for the players ahead of you for every shot. I would avoid the course on the weekend if you like playing golf in under 4 hours.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Nice Course Early season play"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
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Course is a good track, seems like it is where the college kids play. Even early seemed like greens were beat up (no one repair ball marks). Pace of play here is awful! Did seem like GolfNow was double booking the course on one of the first nicer days but when you have a nice day when you know you're going to get busy it would be smart to have a starter to try and keep things in order. No starter, no organization, was told go off when you get a chance. Pace was not good wish I would have played first thing in the morning. Oh well nice track but won't be back.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Fantastic"


u1341205's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2017
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Fast green for challenging putting. Excellent price. For being fall not too many fallen leaves. Awesome course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u607240511's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Anxious to play the East Course...not disappointed!"


vraehtz's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2017
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I had been anxious to play Forest Akers East for some time. After finding a GREAT Hot Deal, my wish was fulfilled. This course is definitely one that we will play again. Water is available to drink in locked containers on the course; fresh and cold! We'll try walking next time we play.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Excellent Greens, and over all course conditions"


wally3putt's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2017
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GREENS, WERE GREAT.

Most of the course was in excellent shape, some patches of fairways has some damage. Like most courses, off course was super hard.

OVER ALL, GREAT!! SUPER VALUE... . we will be back.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u607240511's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Dusappointed"


scabananan's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2017
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First time golfing course. We were not impressed...staff was courteous but not friendly... we wont golf there again...


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Excellent Shape"


MarvelousJ's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
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I've played nice courses all over the US this year and the condition of this East Course is in the top 3.

I am very impressed with the greens and fairways!

Will be back!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Always a great time at Forest Akers"


u00000501084's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2017
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Reviewed on

We had a twosome behind us as we began to tee off and let them tee off ahead of us. We saw them for 3 holes and never saw them again. We were never held up, everything was in great shape and the weather couldn't have been better.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u607240511's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course



mk8q16ophx8200864's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



jefflimonoff's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Disappointing"


tbogart's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2017
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Michigan State being one of the top turf management schools in the nation, should strive to keep not only Akers West a showcase, but the East course also. The rough was like a hayfield with mounds of dead grass everywhere. Obviously need to sharpen the mower blades and mow more than once every 10 days. Plenty of patches in the fairways in need of some grass seed also. Too many $20 golf deals in the Mid-Michigan area for courses that are in much better condition than Forest Akers East.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"This course is playable for many levels of golfers."


steve1790936's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2017
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Very nice course as long as there hasn't been a lot of rain in the area. It can get soggy. Otherwise always in good condition and not a lot of serious trouble to get into. The main drawback for me is being on the campus of Michigan State University, it gets a lot of play from college students that are very high handicappers and play sometimes can be slow without the staff doing much to speed things up.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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